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A Goldendoodle year in review seems like the perfect story to write on the first day of a new year…


Every year after Christmas (and if I’m lucky) before the 31st, I try to review, edit, and sometimes delete old posts that are not relevant with current content on my website. When doing so, I’m always fascinated to learn some of my favorite stories were favorites of yours as well. 

The Boys and I have made new friends in 2018, so for those who may have found us mid year and those who may have missed a story or two – I share some of “our” favorites with you…


It started in January, Jaxson was three years old and I noticed that my baby boy had turned into a BIG HEAD DOG. To me, his head looked huge! Intrigued, I did some online digging and found out that their size and shape can lend insight into their personalities and behavioral characteristics. #whoknew

By February – Beg Head Dog and Harley both fell hard for a Snoodle. Everyday their behavior made me laugh out loud as they raced to her fence to see who could get there first. It was truly a GOLDENDOODLE VALENTINES DAY LOVE STORY worth sharing because it was the kind of fluffy puppy love that could make grown men smile #anditdid…


The month of March brought in more than just wind. Environmental allergies began to flare up and Doods were sneezing, sniffling, biting, licking and chewing constantly. We spent more days than I wanted to at the vet’s which made me think about pet insurance.

Fully aware there are no provisions to cover pre-existing issues like allergies, I still wanted to know  – what are the best policies currently available? NOT ALL PET INSURANCES ARE THE SAME and I was grateful to find a helpful tool to compare them all.


We adore receiving mail from you…


Often, your questions are inspirations for a blog post. STRAIGHT COAT GOLDENDOODLES was a popular topic in April. Straight coat Goldendoodles have a stronger resemblance to the Golden Retriever. Unlike Jaxson’s loose fluffy hair or Harleys “afro-centric” curly hair, the straight hair Goldendoodle is smooth, straight and flat.

To peel or not to peel – that was THE GREAT APPLE DEBATE in May.  For the first time ever, our two different veterinarians had strong opinions about whether the Boys should eat the apple peel…A GOLDENDOODLE YEAR IN REVIEW

It’s been four years since Leo’s departure, yet during the month of June, I find myself unconsciously very melancholy. Living through a SUDDEN UNEXPECTED PET LOSS can be one of the most difficult and incredibly painful experiences of a person’s life. I know – I have lived it.


HOME RENOVATIONS WITH DOGS is a beast, especially in the South, in July, with no air conditioning. Between the chemicals and equipment noise, the dust, nails and tools – I worried about their normalcy and safety. Finding ways to keep them stress free was a challenge.

Never in my wildest Doodle Mom dreams would I have thought I could be WORKING WITH MY DOGS. But in August, wildest dreams did come true. Monday and Wednesday’s – Jaxson’s on duty. Tuesday and Friday’s it’s Harley’s day at the hospital. They are hard working Therapy dogs who share my office space and roam the halls of the largest Medical facility in the state of South Carolina…


In September HURRICANE FLORENCE drove me Doodle nuts with her inconsistencies about her exact arrival. This would be my third hurricane scare since our move to SC, and I treat each one like it’s the “big one.” I always activate my preparation plans whether I’m staying or leaving. Do you have an emergency evacuation plan?


In the past 9+ years I’ve watched many a grooming session. I have even washed a doodle or two. But in October, I stepped into A PET GROOMERS WORLD, and followed the procedures of a groomer from start to finish. I almost cried in the middle of the first wash. #IthoughtIwasgoingtodie

Harrison Ford the actor, starred in a movie as a surgeon who was shot in a convenience store robbery and had to experience life as a patient. That was me in November. While riding my bicycle to work I was struck by a car. After my ambulance ride to the ER, as I waited for the X-ray results I experienced THE OTHER SIDE OF PET THERAPY. It was a moment I shall never forget,

For the Bennett family, December is exciting from beginning to end because the 31st is Jaxson’s birthday. In 2018 Jaxson stepped into his fourth year of life and I don’t think it’s going to change him one bit. He’s as stubborn as ever and playful from sun up to sun down. Still pulls me around the park, greets people at the door with my tennis shoe in his mouth, whines when he can’t find me, rides in the middle of the console of the car and has yet to find his friend PATIENCE. But he’s the Ying to Harley’s Yang and I can’t imagine him any other way…


Thank you for sharing in all our adventures –

In 2019 let us all start living the life we imagined ❤️



  • Madison
    January 2, 2019

    You had a great year, and we are so thrilled for you finding a job you so love. It is a lucky thing that most never find. We can’t do our year in review because it has that bad ending. Mom appreciates your messages about Emma and loss. She is about as sad now as the day it happened and there doesn’t seem to be any way to make it any better. Several others with sudden loss have also helped, but nothing can bring back Emma. Sadly, she knows exactly how you feel with Leo. Love to you boys and a fantastic 2019 ahead.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 2, 2019

      Dearest Madison, the pain your Mom is experiencing will take many days and nights to just feel tolerable. It will never go away. She will learn to compartmentalize and lean on both you and Bailey. You are a smart GBGV, you will sense when she needs extra loving from you, so just be there for her, cuddle when she needs it, and be a good girl when she’s sad. Tell her I am always available to chat – because we are all family. Hugs to Bailey.

  • Dashlilly
    January 2, 2019

    awesome post! Happy New Year!!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 2, 2019

      Thanks Deirdre – how are you and Lilly doing?

  • claudette Pope
    January 2, 2019

    Great memories of this past year. I’ve truly enjoyed the adventures and Information shared. Have a Wonderful, Prosperous, and Blessing Filled New Year.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 2, 2019

      Hello Claudette – Well get ready to laugh your way through 2019 with Harley and Jaxson – they’ve got lots planned!! Thanks for always checking on us 🙂

  • Monika, Sam & Elsa
    January 2, 2019

    Love your Year in Review (we thoroughly enjoyed all your posts in 2018). Here’s to more doodle adventures in 2019. Happy New Year.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 2, 2019

      Hey Monika – how are you? Yes 2018 was full of adventure – looking forward to 2019. Happy New Year!

  • Teresa
    January 4, 2019

    Love reading about the adventures of the Bennett family! Look forward to seeing what 2019 brings all of us! Happy New Year!

  • Sue, Shadow, and Ducky
    January 8, 2019

    Always enjoy your posts, even when I don’t have the opportunity to comment on them. Here’s to a great 2019!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 13, 2019

      Hello Sue – may 2019 be the best ever!!!!

  • Pamela
    January 9, 2019

    Oh, I’ve missed so much. I’m especially horrified to hear about your accident. But so glad you and Maggie came through without worse injuries. And of course you used your experience to help you in your work.

    Here’s hoping 2019 is far less bruising for you.

  • Cute Pet Dogs
    January 17, 2019

    Happy New Year and enjoyed your insightful post. Your Goldendoodle dogs are the cutest dogs and the love and light shared in your posts is appreciated.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 3, 2019

      Thank you so much cute pet dogs.

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